NFL hires its first woman to officiate games full-time

April 9, 2015

The National Football League on Wednesday (April 8) said it would hire a woman for the first time to officiate games full-time. 


Sarah Thomas, 41, will join the NFL as a line judge after officiating in Conference USA, a college league, since 2007, the league said.

“I did not set out to become an NFL official,” said Thomas, who has been working in the NFL’s Officiating Development Program. “The further I went along in the progression, getting into Conference USA, part of me thought it may become a reality.

“But my goal has always been to be the best line judge I could be.”